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Three HPA seniors named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program

<p>Alexandra K. Van Pernis (PHOTO COURTESY OF HPA FOR NHN)</p>

Alexandra K. Van Pernis (PHOTO COURTESY OF HPA FOR NHN)

<p>Hannah Twigg-Smith (PHOTO COURTESY OF HPA FOR NHN)</p>

Hannah Twigg-Smith (PHOTO COURTESY OF HPA FOR NHN)

<p>Melia Cavedoni (PHOTO COURTESY OF HPA FOR NHN)</p>

Melia Cavedoni (PHOTO COURTESY OF HPA FOR NHN)

Melia Cavedoni, Hannah Twigg-Smith, and Alexandra K. Van Pernis, all seniors at Hawaii Preparatory Academy, have been named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. Martin Ferrell, dean of academics, made the announcement.

Cavedoni is the daughter of Rong Hua and Charles Cavedoni of Hakalau. Twigg-Smith is the daughter of Lisen and Desmond Twigg-Smith of Holualoa. Van Pernis is the daughter of Kristi and Mark Van Pernis of Kailua-Kona.

Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.